Russian Federation still has work to do to get ban lifted: WADA chief

Russian Federation still has work to do to get ban lifted: WADA chief

The Court of Arbitration for Sport has levied a lifetime ban against a Russian doctor found guilty of breaking doping regulations.

Portugalov, who was head of the country's sports medical commission, was regarded as the brains behind alleged widespread doping in the Russian system, aimed at improving the performances of athletes at the summer and winter Olympic Games in 2012 and 2014.

"I have sent a letter yesterday to the WADA management notifying it that the university has launched work on the establishment on an anti-doping laboratory", Sadovnichy told a news conference in TASS on Tuesday. "We are open to all kinds of inspections", said Kolobkov, speaking after Reedie. "I have also extended invitations to WADA executives and specialists to come and visit us to see the start of our work".

Russian Federation still has "significant work" before its scandal tainted anti-doping operation regains global recognition, WADA chief Craig Reedie warned Monday.

Now in hiding in the United States, Rodchenkov is the main whistleblower for a second WADA-sponsored investigation in 2016, this time conducted by Canadian law professor Richard McLaren. The commission said Portugalov showed "a complete disregard for the health and well-being of the athletes".

Kolobkov, however, claimed an ongoing Russian criminal investigation has revealed Rodchenkov "abused his office" and doped athletes by giving them substances without explaining what they were. But more were needed, he said.

"We are ready to cooperate". Another delegate said "there were some good parts" but the attempt to blame Rodchenkov for everything would "not play well".

During a Wada meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland, Tygart said as long as sports bodies were represented on Wada, the anti-doping organisation could not deliver on its promise to crack down on cheats.

Listing the steps already taken in Russian Federation, including handing over the testing programme to UK Anti-Doping, Niggli said there were 2,300 "good tests" done in the country previous year but 2,344 planned tests were cancelled due to a shortage of doping control officers and other problems. He described Putin's comments as "very encouraging, going in the right direction".

"The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has issued its decision in the arbitration procedure between the International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), the Russian Athletics Federation (RusAF) and Dr Sergei Portugalov, a Russian medical doctor who advised athletes affiliated to RusAF", a CAS statement read.

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